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On China's border with North Korea, a constricted economic lifeline is still a lifeline - Washington Post

DANDONG, China — The trucks still rumble across the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge, and a nearby pipeline still pumps crude oil to keep the regime alive in Pyongyang. But here in the Chinese city of Dandong, at the center of this country's trade with ...and more »

US in Direct Communication With North Korea, Says Tillerson - New York Times

BEIJING — The Trump administration acknowledged on Saturday for the first time that it was in direct communication with the government of North Korea over its missile and nuclear tests, seeking a possible way forward beyond the escalating threats of a ...and more »

Trump says North Korea talks are 'waste of time' - Financial Times

Donald Trump dismissed the prospect of talks with Pyongyang as pointless barely a day after his secretary of state said the US was using new channels of communication to weigh the possibility of negotiations with North Korea about its nuclear programme.and more »

Trump signed presidential directive ordering actions to pressure North Korea - Washington Post

Early in his administration, President Trump signed a directive outlining a strategy of pressure against North Korea that involved actions across a broad spectrum of government agencies and led to the use of military cyber-capabilities, according to U ...and more »

In Tillerson's China Stop, Questions on North Korea but Slim Chance of Clarity - New York Times

BEIJING — Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson is scheduled to arrive in Beijing early Saturday for a brief visit, amid confusing signals about President Trump's position on two questions looming over the confrontation with North Korea: Is America's ...and more »

Tillerson: US Has Three Direct Channels for Talks With North Korea - The Diplomat

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in China this weekend for a visit to lay the groundwork for U.S. President Donald Trump's upcoming state visit to Beijing in November. Speaking to reporters before meetings with senior Chinese officials ...and more »

On North Korea, China's interests are unchanged - The Interpreter

China's recent move to close North Korean businesses operating in China is undoubtedly welcome news to Australian and US policymakers. However, this is should not be seen as a shift in China's approach to North Korea. Rather, it is a tactical manoeuvre ...and more »

Did China just break its promise not to buy North Korean coal? - CNNMoney

China unexpectedly started buying coal from North Korea again last month, raising questions about its commitment to cracking down on trade with Kim Jong Un's regime. Beijing said in February that it would halt all coal shipments from North Korea ...and more »

North Korean companies in China ordered to close - Financial Times

China has ordered North Korean companies operating within its borders to shut down as Beijing tightens the screws on Pyongyang amid the latest round of UN sanctions. China's ministry of commerce said in a statement late on Thursday that it was giving ...and more »

US Has 'Lines of Communication' with North Korea, Tillerson Says - NBCNews.com

BEIJING, China — The United States has direct channels of communication with North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Saturday, adding that Washington was "probing" for potential dialogue with Pyongyang. “We are probing, so stay tuned,” ...and more »